Deutsche Telekom exceeds 100 billion euros of revenue in record year 2020
Feb 26, 2021
- Increase in revenue of 25.4 percent to 101.0 billion euros
- Adjusted EBITDA AL increased by 41.6 percent to 35.0 billion euros
- Free cash flow AL of 6.3 billion euros in 2020 – guidance exceeded
- Adjusted net profit up by 15.5 percent to 5.7 billion euros
- 388,000 broadband customer additions in Germany
- Larger T-Mobile US records 5.5 million postpaid customer additions
- Guidance for 2021: adjusted EBITDA AL of around 37 billion euros and free cash flow AL of around 8.0 billion euros
Triple digits! Deutsche Telekom broke new ground in the 2020 financial year. Net revenue increased by 25.4 percent to 101.0 billion euros. This significant growth was mainly driven by the takeover of the competitor Sprint in the United States. But even in organic terms, i.e., excluding the change in the composition of the Group and exchange rate effects, revenue grew by 3.0 percent in the year just ended compared to 2019.
Adjusted EBITDA AL saw an even more pronounced increase, rising by 41.6 percent to 35.0 billion euros, and by 7.9 percent in organic terms. Free cash flow AL amounted to 6.3 billion euros. Deutsche Telekom thereby exceeded its guidance for the year, which had just been raised in November. The Group achieved this despite the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which included lower roaming revenues due to travel restrictions, shop closures, and impeded business with corporate customers.
“We made history in 2020. We added a substantial and important chapter to Deutsche Telekom’s story,” said CEO Tim Höttges. “We closed a groundbreaking deal in the United States, improved our market position in Europe and at the same time made an important contribution to managing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic with our stable networks.”
With almost 17 billion euros, Deutsche Telekom invested nearly 30 percent more in terms of cash capex than in the prior year, with most of it going into networks on both sides of the Atlantic. T-Mobile US achieved the highest population coverage in the country with its 5G network. In Germany too, Deutsche Telekom is well ahead of the competition in terms of the availability of its 5G network.
Adjusted net profit increased 15.5 percent year-on-year to 5.7 billion euros, whereas unadjusted net profit was up 7.5 percent to 4.2 billion euros.
The Group expects adjusted EBITDA AL of around 37 billion euros for 2021. Free cash flow AL is expected to total some 8.0 billion euros.
Germany – lead in broadband
Telekom closed 2020 with another very strong quarter in the broadband business. Between October and December, the Company won 121,000 new broadband customers, the highest figure recorded for many years. At the end of the year, Telekom reported 14.1 million broadband customers, 388,000 more than a year earlier.
MagentaEINS, the product package combining fixed-network and mobile communications, passed the 5 million customer mark in the fourth quarter. The product has proven to be successful in terms of both revenue development and reducing churn.
Mobile service revenues were again impacted by the pandemic-induced travel restrictions in the fourth quarter of 2020. Decreases in roaming and visitor revenues resulted in a 1.7 percent decline in service revenues compared with the prior year. Adjusted for the coronavirus effect, there was an increase of 1.1 percent. Telekom recorded 206,000 in branded customer additions. That was more than twice as many as in the fourth quarter of 2019, when there was growth of 97,000.
Adjusted EBITDA AL in the Germany segment increased by 1.6 percent year-on-year in the full year 2020 to 9.2 billion euros. At 23.8 billion euros, revenue was up 0.2 percent against 2019.
United States – synergies ahead of plan
T-Mobile US recorded 1.7 million net customer additions in the fourth quarter. Of these, 824,000 were attributable to the lucrative postpaid phone customer segment. As of the year-end, the customer base totaled 102 million. This was up 50 percent against the end of 2019, driven primarily by the takeover of Sprint as of April 1, 2020.
The Sprint transaction also had an impact on the financial figures. In 2020, total revenue increased by 55 percent to 70.1 billion U.S. dollars. Adjusted EBITDA AL recorded an even greater increase of 92.8 percent to 24.0 billion U.S. dollars.
Already in 2020, T-Mobile realized synergies of 1.3 billion U.S. dollars from the takeover of Sprint. A quarter of the voice and data traffic of former Sprint postpaid customers has already been moved to the T-Mobile network.
Europe – growth despite pandemic
The year just ended was dominated by the coronavirus pandemic for many European national companies. Business was impeded by shop closures and travel restrictions. Despite this headwind, earnings still increased. Adjusted EBITDA AL grew in 2020 by 2.1 percent in organic terms to 3.9 billion euros. Revenue in the Europe operating segment remained stable in organic terms at 11.3 billion euros.
The national companies recorded steady growth in all customer categories. In the fourth quarter alone, the number of mobile contract customers increased by 219,000 and the number of broadband customers by 87,000. The number of users of converged fixed-mobile product packages increased by 248,000. At year-end, the customer base was 19.5 percent larger than a year earlier.
Systems Solutions – big deals only at year-end
At the end of an otherwise difficult year, major corporate customers like Shell, Deutsche Post DHL, and Heineken extended their long-term contracts with T Systems. Thanks to this year-end spurt, order entry was down only slightly by 3.2 percent to 4.6 billion euros in 2020.
For the rest of the financial figures, the impact of the pandemic and the resulting general investment restraint among corporate customers were clearly in evidence. Total revenue at
Group Development – top in the Netherlands
T-Mobile Netherlands is now the largest mobile operator in the Netherlands in terms of customer numbers. With the takeover of Simpel, which was completed in December, the company now has 6.8 million mobile customers. In organic terms, T-Mobile Netherlands won 200,000 mobile contract net additions in the past year. Total revenue was up 1.9 percent year-on-year to 1.9 billion euros. Adjusted EBITDA AL increased by 10.4 percent to 554 million euros.
The number of sites in the cell tower business increased by 4.0 percent in the past year to 35,700. Revenue increased 4.7 percent to 1.0 billion euros. Adjusted EBITDA AL in the cell tower business amounted to 587 million euros in 2020. 4.3 percent more than in the previous year.
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